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The Tents at Vineyard Grove

The term "tent" has a whole new meaning. We offer four of these unique cottages to our guests as an alternative experience from staying in our rooms and garden cottages. Whether it is for overnight or a week, with friends or family, you will be charmed.

The notion of a cottage community had its genesis in the meeting camp of the mid-1800s and beginning 1900s. All of these camps were referred to as "Groves" and proved to be hugely popular summertime destinations for the whole family. The tents, surrounding a tabernacle where revivals were held for weeks at a time, began literally as tents. These evolved into wood-sided tents with canvas tops, then into wooden cottages in the Victorian or Carpenter Gothic style. Still, they were called "tents".

The tents at Vineyard Grove capture that same spirit of community. Four Carpenter Gothic "tents" which sit in the woodlands behind The Dog and Oyster, Hope and Glorys vineyard. All have views of the headwater marshes of Carter's Creek. This is canoe and kayak - depth water with a serpentine channel winding through salt grasses. Blue heron, wild turkeys, beaver and other wildlife are abundant.

They are extraordinary three bedroom, three bath cottages which were individually furnished, exclusively by our designer Lisa Sherry. Although designed to be quaint, each cottage offers an expansive main floor complete with fireplace, living and dining areas and a kitchen. A master bedroom and master bath are on the top level; two queen bedrooms and baths are on the lower level. Special amenities include a screened porch, and your very own outdoor shower.

To further develop this sense of community, all of these tents are entwined by winding paths. A dock is available for our guests to canoe and kayak and a swimming pool is only a short walk away.


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